Manchester United news: Paul Ince launches stinging attack on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and says nostalgia is ‘doing his head in’
Manchester United legend Paul Ince has hit out at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for living in the past and says he is not up to being the manager at Old Trafford.
Seven defeats in nine matches have left United three points outside the Premier League’s top four and Solskjaer, having only just been appointed, is under no illustions as to how big the task is infront of him.
United were swept aside by arch rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night, just three days after a humiliating 4-0 thrashing at Everton.
The pressure is now firmly on the Norwegian, who was rewarded with the permanent job last month after winning 14 of his 19 matches in charge on an interim basis.
Ince has been far from impressed with the impact Solskjaer has made, and says the former Red Devils striker needs to stop trying to replicate what Sir Alex Ferguson did at the club.
“We’ve tried this nice approach, the stuff about Ole giving the tea lady chocolates and trying to do what Sir Alex Ferguson has done,” he told Paddy Power.
“That’s in the past now, we need to move forward from that. All of this ‘Ole legend’ stuff – yeah, he scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final, we get that, but he’s not a legend now – he’s the manager of Manchester United.
“Regurgitating how he’s going to do it ‘the Fergie Way’ is pointless. It’s doing my head in and I know others feel the same.
“Ferguson isn’t the gaffer anymore – simple.
“No doubt he would help if Ole was in trouble, but I’m sick and tired of it, he’s the manager, he has to forget about the past and realise Ferguson isn’t the manager anymore, he is.”
Ince believes Old Trafford chiefs hastily rushed into appointing Solskjaer on a permanent basis, and says they should have made a move for Zinedine Zidane or Mauricio Pochettino insead.
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He added: “I’m looking at the club and the future really worries me. They’re a long, long way from many teams. Why did those players perform so well when Ole came in and now they’re not?
“There’s no character, no leadership, no desire, but the manager has to motivate the players too. These are the same players that were playing brilliantly a few weeks ago, so if they’re not feeling motivated it’s down to Ole to sort that.
“I called it before he was made manager and got stick for it, but what I said was right. I want him to be successful, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing the job
“Everyone jumped on the Ole bandwagon and now we’re seeing the repercussions. Zinedine Zidane was available at the time and Mauricio Pochettino has always been the right man to take them forward in my eyes.”
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